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The Washington Post | March 22, 2014
A Georgetown University student has been charged with possessing the powerful toxin ricin after it was discovered in his dorm room this week, according to court documents. Daniel Harry Milzman, 19, of Bethesda is facing federal charges for possession of more than 120 milligrams of the poison a potentially lethal amount. Milzman on Monday informed his residential adviser at Georgetown's McCarthy Hall that he had created ricin and showed the adviser a plastic bag containing what he claimed was the substance, court documents say. The residential adviser notified school counselors, who alerted police.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
A Baltimore man went free Thursday after almost six years in prison, as city prosecutors dropped murder conspiracy charges against him because a federal investigation led to the conviction of another man. The man targeted by federal authorities pleaded guilty last year, but John Mooney waited six more months in prison. On Thursday, a prosecutor dropped the charges. Mooney, 26, was not in court for the final hearing, and the action happened so quickly that his family — sitting in the back row of the courtroom — did not immediately realize what had taken place.
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Dan Rodricks | March 11, 2014
While reading court documents recently, I had one of those "Wait-What?" moments. That's where you're reading along, or listening to an explanation, and you suddenly say, incredulously: "Wait. What?" That is, please stop and tell me what I just read or heard was correct - that, in the case at hand, a District Court commissioner told an Annapolis police corporal to change the reported description of a man wanted for first-degree assault. Absurd as that sounds, this apparent transgression is described in the city of Annapolis' official responses to a false arrest case.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
When University of Maryland football player Wes Brown was suspended last year, officials released few details to explain the action other than to tie it to an alleged confrontation with a police officer who wanted to question him in a shooting investigation. But according to court documents in a wide-ranging prosecution of Black Guerrilla Family gang members in Baltimore, Brown told police that he was behind the wheel of a vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting last June at a birthday party for an alleged high-ranking gang leader.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was trending on Twitter Wednesday afternoon for all the wrong reasons. In an eight-hour period, Rice's image suffered severe damage -- the kind from which it might never recover. It was the result of two devastating media developments. It started with TMZ releasing video from an Atlantic City casino early in the day, and was followed by publication of a summons saying that Rice hit his fiancee with his hand "rendering her unconscious" at the casino Saturday night.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
A Sparks-based insurance company that was seized by Delaware regulators faces possible liquidation in a wild case - one with dueling allegations of fraud, forgery and a vendetta, plus a sanction involving an Aston Martin sports car. Delaware's Department of Insurance said Monday that Indemnity Insurance Corp. is in bad financial shape, and efforts to rehabilitate the company to avoid liquidation "have not been successful. " Indemnity's founder - who contends the company is financially solid - said the regulator has indicated in court that it wants to move this week to liquidate the firm.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
An unqualified executive at an Owings Mills medical firm allegedly reviewed X-rays and other tests, potentially endangering patients, according to court documents filed by federal authorities. The allegations were laid out in the documents by the FBI, which has accused Alpha Diagnostics officials of defrauding Medicare by at least $3.3 million. The FBI raided the firm's offices in Owings Mills and Harrisburg, Pa., in October but declined to characterize the investigation at the time.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Using incriminating Facebook postings and a tip from an informant, Anne Arundel County authorities have won convictions against two men for threatening two local judges. Zachary Ryan Mitchell of Brooklyn Park and Justin Ray Ferrell of Curtis Bay pleaded guilty to threatening to injure a state official. The petty criminals, who officials say met at a drug treatment program, traded Facebook complaints about judges presiding over their respective cases. At one point, the conversation hinted at violence.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
A few years back, Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale had a public spat with “The Wire” creator David Simon over the extent to which he was an inspiration for drug boss Avon Barksdale in the series. All the while, he vowed that he was long out of the game. But now the Drug Enforcement Administration says Barksdale is a high-ranking member of the Black Guerrilla Family. U.S. marshals arrested him this week on federal heroin and gun charges after he spent a short spell on the run. Barksdale, 52, is accused of taking part in a heroin conspiracy with alleged drug supplier Suraj Tairu, who is also charged in the case.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
An undercover federal agent in Maryland played a key role in the shutdown Wednesday of what authorities describe as a massive online drug marketplace called the Silk Road, whose owner allegedly began scheming to kill perceived rivals. Authorities say Ross William Ulbricht, a 29-year-old San Francisco engineer with a physics degree, built his site into the Amazon of illegal narcotics. He is accused of serving “several thousand drug dealers” since January 2011, with sales exceeding $1 billion and transactions occurring with a virtual currency called Bitcoin.
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